Adam Hinshelwood shuffled the pack for the visit of League Two Crawley, making six changes to his starting eleven from the weekend against Bath City.
Liam Vincent was among those to make the starting eleven, just hours after rejoining the club on loan from Portsmouth for another month-long deal. Jesse Starkey also made the Rebels’ starting XI for the first time this season.
The Rebels made a slow start to the contest and were lucky to stay on level terms inside thirty seconds when Roco Rees made a good save to deny Ade Adeyemo before Kam Simon-Swyer hit wide from close range on the follow-up.
Hinshelwood’s frustration could be heard loud and clear before the visitors went ahead in the sixth minute. Adeyemo burnt past the Rebels’ defence with lightning quick speed. He knocked it around Rees who came out to clear and calmy finished from outside of the box.
The Rebels began to get a foothold in the match some fifteen minutes in. Saturday’s hero Danny Cashman floated one to the back stick where Joe Felix ran onto it but headed over.
Soon after, the Rebels got themselves back on level terms and what a goal it was. Making his first start of the season, Starkey hit a thunderbolt from some thirty yards with his left foot which rocketed into the top left corner.
On 25 minutes, Adeyemo netted his and Crawley’s second. The ball trickled through to him from Harry Forster from the left and he flicked in past Rees at the near post. Heads turned to the assistant referee waiting in anticipation for his flag with Adeyemo looking suspiciously, but it never came and the Red Devils had the lead for a second time.
It was an almost instant response from the Rebels as Joan Luque found freedom down the left flank. He waited for support and that came in the form of Jake Robinson who finished with ease, rolling it into the net.
There was a blow for the visitors just after the half hour mark as their captain, Harry Ransom was forced off with an injury.
Luque and Robinson linked up once again to put the Rebels in front in the 36th minute. It was almost a carbon copy of the first, with Luque cutting back to Robinson from the left flank and the latter poked in at the near post.
Michael Klass had a chance to double the Rebels’ lead just before half time as it sat up nicely on the edge of the area but he couldn’t keep his effort down at the end of a goals galore first half.
There were early chances for Luque and Robinson in the second half which Worthing took control of against their League Two opposition.
The decisive moment came after Vincent was hacked down by Jayden Davis on the left wing. As the players took their positions in the box, Bailey Smith went down in the box holding his throat after an incident with Travis Johnson who was sent off.
Straight after, Hinshelwood responded with a triple change, Starkey, Robinson and Cashman were replaced by Ollie Pearce, Odei Martin Sorondo and Adeyemi who made his Worthing debut.
The Rebels continued to create chances and find space after the sending off and made their final change on the 82nd minute when Kane Wills replaced Vincent.
Luque got his name on the scoresheet on 84 minutes after a fantastic performance from the Spaniard. He found himself free in space on the left wing once again and this time, drove into the box and fired in at the far post.
Three minutes later, it was five! Smith slotted in Pearce who calmly dinked one over the keeper and into the back of the net.
Smith finished the game in style to complete what turned out to be a rout at Woodside. His effort from the right side of the box his the far post and into the back of the net to score with the final kick of the game!
Another memorable evening for the Rebels and a fantastic win to saviour in a competition that they hold a superb record in of late.
Next up is another big home tie as they welcome Yeovil Town in a return to National League South action.